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F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.

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Carter announces manufacturing initiative to aid war fighters

The Defense Department is partnering with a large-scale consortium in the creation of a National Manufacturing Innovation Institute to produce hybrid electronics, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Aug. 28 at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif.

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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.


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First sunshield layer completed for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

Posted  August 12, 2015

The first of the five sunshield layers that will make it possible for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to image the formation of stars and galaxies created more than 13.5 billion years ago, was delivered to Northrop Grumman's Space Park facility April 24. 

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Raytheon receives $52 million award to continue JPALS test and analysis program

Posted  August 12, 2015

The U.S. Navy extended Raytheon’s Engineering and Manufacturing Development contract on the Joint Precision Approach Landing Systems program. Raytheon will continue testing and analysis in support of auto-land capability and integration of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The contract value is $52 million. “The JPALS program is a collaboration between the U.S. Navy and Raytheon,”…

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NASA selects contractor to prepare launch structure for agency’s journey to Mars

Posted  August 12, 2015

NASA has selected J. P. Donovan Construction, Inc., of Rockledge, Fla., to begin work at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the ground structures that will launch NASA’s next generation rocket and spacecraft on the journey to Mars and other deep space destinations. The Ground Systems Development and Operations Mobile Launcher Ground Support…

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F-16 crashes in Bavaria

Posted  August 12, 2015

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, crashed Aug. 11 at approximately 9:38 a.m. near Engelmannreuth in the county of Bayreuth, Germany. The incident happened during a training flight at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Grafenwoehr, Bavaria, Germany. The pilot safely ejected. U.S. military…

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Navy accepts delivery of LCS 6

Posted  August 12, 2015

The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Jackson (LCS 6) during a ceremony at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., Aug. 11. Jackson is the fifth littoral combat ship (LCS) to be delivered to the Navy, the third of the Independence variant to join the fleet. Capt. Warren R. Buller II, commander, Littoral…

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Oxymoronic black hole provides clues to growth

Posted  August 12, 2015

Astronomers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the 6.5-meter Clay Telescope in Chile have identified the smallest supermassive black hole ever detected in the center of a galaxy. This oxymoronic object could provide clues to how larger black holes formed along with their host galaxies 13 billion years or more in the past.

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Lockheed Martin to upgrade Apache helicopter targeting, pilotage system

Posted  August 12, 2015

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin a $21.7 million Lot 4 follow-on contract to continue production of the Modernized Day Sensor Assembly for the AH-64E Apache attack helicopter. This first phase of upgrades to modernize the Apache’s Day Sensor Assembly includes producing Modernized Laser Rangefinder Designator kits. M-LRFD is the principal targeting aid for the…

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Raytheon delivers next-gen SATCOM radio for certification testing

Posted  August 12, 2015

The U.S. Army has awarded Raytheon a $36 million contract to fund the certification and testing of a significant upgrade to the AN/ARC-231 Multi-Mode Communications System. The upgraded systems will provide the highest level of security for voice and data communications for more than 7,000 rotary, fixed wing and unmanned Army platforms — including Apaches,…

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Headlines August 10, 2015

Posted  August 10, 2015

News: U.S. F-16s arrive at Turkish air base for anti-ISIS ops – The U.S. deployed six F-16s and roughly 300 airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, to support operations against the Islamic State.   Business: Army win solidifies Lockheed’s air-to-ground market share – As operations in Iraq and Syria continue to drive…

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News Briefs August 10, 201

Posted  August 10, 2015

Six U.S. F-16 jets arrive in Turkey to fight IS Six U.S. F-16 fighter jets arrived at Turkey’s southern air base Aug. 9 to join the U.S.-led coalition fight against Islamic State militants, the U.S. military said. The U.S. European Command said in a statement that the U.S. air force deployed a ìsmall detachmentî of…

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